Huntingdon Town chairman upbeat ahead of bottom-of-the-table battle

Action from Huntingdon Town's home defeat at the hands of Northampton Spencer. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Action from Huntingdon Town's home defeat at the hands of Northampton Spencer. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town chairman Doug McIlwain insists all the pressure is on opponents Oadby in a United Counties League Premier Division battle tomorrow.

Town bring up the rear and find themselves eight points from safety after suffering a ninth successive league defeat when going down 5-0 to Northampton Spencer at Jubilee Park last weekend.

They are six points adrift of next-to-bottom Oadby and travel to face the Leicestershire side in a fixture which is likely to be crucial to their survival prospects.

McIlwain said: “It’s a massive game - a six-pointer if ever there was one. I’m looking forward to the game, the management team are looking forward to it and so are the players.

“It’s been a tough season as we all knew it would be, but the lads are really gelling as a unit. We’ve won a couple of games and know we can do it again.

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“A victory tomorrow would be a perfect early Christmas present and all the pressure is all on Oadby.”

McIlwain revealed the club are considering whether or not to re-introduce a playing budget for the remainder of the season. Current manager Scott Witherall and predecessor Ian Edge have both worked without finances this season.

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McIlwain added: “We said we would assess the situation at Christmas and we are doing that.

“We do have some funds which could be used if the manager decides that is the route to go down. The other option is allowing the pot of money to build for next season.”

Huntingdon are to welcome Peterborough club ICA Sports’ first team, who play in the Peterborough & District Premier Division, as tenants at Jubilee Park from early January.

It will generate extra revenue for Town.

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